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Tips for storing your bicycle this winter

Tips for storing your bicycle this winter

A pair of bicyclists rolls up to the Detroit-Superior Bridge in Cleveland, May 16, 2020, as bike sales and repairs surge in Northeast Ohio. CLEVELAND,…

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A pair of bicyclists rolls up to the Detroit-Superior Bridge in Cleveland, May 16, 2020, as bike sales and repairs surge in Northeast Ohio. CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cycling has experienced a big uptick during the coronavirus pandemic because some other forms of exercise pose a greater risk of infection, but soon chilly weather will cause all but the most hardy to put away their bicycles for the winter.

But what’s the best way to do that?

Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer sought tips from two Cleveland bike shop owners, that Al Zaleski of Fleet Bike Shop and James Rychak of Blazing Saddle Cycle. Here is what they had to say:

· Clean your bike with a hose and soapy water before it goes into storage. “A clean bike is a happy bike,” Zaleski said.

· Lubricate the chain, derailleur gears and other parts of the drivetrain before stowing your bike. Moisture can causemoving parts to rust and seize up. Rychak said when he had a second shop, near Case Western Reserve University, students who left their bikes out all winter would bring them in for maintenance and they would be “completely totaled.”

· Keep the tires inflated during winter. If a tire goes flat, it can form a crease along the flattened portion contacting the ground and become more susceptible to cracking. Also, make sure tires are properly seated on their rims. If you fully inflate a tire that is not seated properly it can explode, Rychak said.

· A heated garage is fine […]

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